Visual Impairment – Combined Rehabilitation Teaching and Orientation and Mobility
This master’s program is one of only four in the United States that will prepare you to teach in both specializations of vision rehabilitation therapy (VRT) and orientation and mobility (O&M) to work with individuals who are visually impaired and blind who are visually impaired and blind in adult, residential or non-school agency settings. Employment opportunities are excellent across the United States for professionals who hold dual certification in VRT/O&M. This program uses real-time distance learning instruction with limited on-campus required labs, allowing you to complete your master’s degree from anywhere in the United States.
Certification: National certification from the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals as a vision rehabilitation therapist (VRT) and a certified orientation and mobility specialist (COMS)
Eligibility & Admission Requirements
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 or a master’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.5
- Two letters of recommendation
- A statement of purpose
- Evidence of work, volunteer or personal experience with individuals with visual impairments
- An interview with a special education faculty member may be required
Note: International applicants who need an F-1 or J-1 Visa are not currently eligible for this program.
Applications are accepted each Fall semester. To start your application, click here. When applying to this program, under Program of Study, select School of Education -Special Education and Rehabilitation Teaching and Orientation and Mobility.
Fall Start: March 15
Spring Start: October 15
Visit How to Apply for information about deadline extensions.
If you are interested in pursuing NYS teacher certification, consider applying to our master’s degree program in Blind and Visually Impaired. If you a certified teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired OR hold a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Teaching or Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired, consider our Advanced Certificate program in Orientation and Mobility. If you are interested in pursuing a program specifically in Rehabilitation Teaching, consider applying for our master’s degree program in Visual Impairment – Rehabilitation Teaching.